Norwich A-Z: N is for Negative

Glass Plate Negative from the NHS Collection

In these days where a phone can instantly capture an image and share it far and wide, it can be difficult to imagine […]

Norwich A-Z: M is for Machine

American Buttonhole, Overseaming & Sewing Machine Co. #7

This sewing machine was donated to Norwich Historical Society in 1965  by Louise Johnson who lived on Maple Hill Road. She told […]

Norwich A-Z: L is for Last

The next time you turn onto Beaver Meadow Road from Main Street imagine Eber N. Clark (1809-1905) with tools and leather in hand fashioning and repairing boots and shoes […]

Norwich A-Z: K is for Kettle

Imagine this holiday season preparing food for your family in a large, open hearth.  That, of course, is what our forebears did having mastered the art of regulating flames […]

Norwich A-Z: J is for Jigsaw

Every year on a Friday in May, children from Marion Cross School left early and walked one mile to Huntley Meadow to fly their kites. The sky became alive […]

Norwich A-Z: I is for Ice Tongs

It is not surprising that the Norwich Historical Society collection includes quite a few ice harvesting tools such as saws, tongs, and pikes.

Before modern refrigeration, foods were kept cold […]

Norwich A-Z: H is for Hearse

This hearse was purchased by the Town of Norwich in 1901 from George L. Brownell for $500. Charles F. Lewis was the driver and was paid $30 for his […]

Norwich History A-Z: G is for Globe


This folding globe was designed by Dennis Townsend and patented in 1869. Townsend was a school teacher from Felchville, Vermont.

His interest was in producing an inexpensive globe that could […]

Norwich History A-Z: F is for Flax

This finely spun skein of flax was lovingly kept in a hand-made case for decades before being donated to the Norwich Historical Society. The accompanying tag reveals that the […]

Norwich History A – Z: E is for Epaulette


Perhaps Norwich’s most famous military hero would be Admiral George Albert Converse. Admiral Converse was born in Norwich in 1844 and attended Norwich University. During the Civil War he […]

Norwich History A – Z: D is for Duster


Can you imagine driving around on Vermont’s unpaved roads in an automobile completely open to the elements with no windshields, no side windows, no roofs, and no doors? It […]

Norwich History A – Z: C is for Chain

Have you ever looked at an old deed for your property and noticed that it was measured in rods and chains?  This chain might have measured your land. During […]